It’s now officially less than a week till the first Subloaded of the year. I don’t mind admitting I’ve been missing the monthly Dubloaded knees up down at The Croft. Having said that, the idea of several big blow outs at the Black Swan (aka the dirty bird) instead of 12 smaller nights strikes me as a dope trade off.
I tend to bandy the word “legendary” about rather more than I should but Subloaded literally IS legendary (as in “the stuff of legends are made of”). Nearly ten years old now it was one of the first ever club nights to play dub step in the UK (and hence the world - it even precursed London’s DMZ night) & continues to push boundaries & fuck with heads.
Especially excited to be seeing Appleblim again. Love his challenging, genre defying but ultimately really rewarding set. It’s the kind of set I like.
Oh, and the night before is mighty Daedelus at Lakota which I wrote about here.
Feels like I’ve been neglecting the electronic genre recently so looking forward both these.
Daedelus’s gig in March last year was within an ace of being my favourite gig of 2011, pipped by King Midas Sound largely on account of the fact that Daedelus was playing at The Thekla, (they have a cunty early curfew policy that I’ve not slagged off on this Tumblr befors so humour me). I swear I have never enjoyed 30 minutes dancing so much in my life.
Tokimonsta & Teebs were supporting Daedelus then & despite the fact that I fall totally in love with everything Tokimonsta’s ever done I gotta say she was well bazooka’d by Daedelus.
It took him about 10 mins to get into his stride but once he got there it was easily the most proficient example of noodling ‘slinky up to ravey’ brain feeder style jazz infused spontaneous electronics I think I’ve ever seen. (On second thoughts that’s rather too precise to actually mean anything, lets just say ‘most proficient example of experimental electronica’ I’ve ever seen. Coz I’ve seen LOTS of that).
Guttingly his set was cut short at Thekla (as per every bands set who plays there) on account of the 9.30 curfew (he carried on till 9.40 I recall) but he’s coming back to Bristol in April to the far more appropriate Lakota, one of Bristols best clubs (when not shut down by court orders). And he’s not coming alone. He’s coming with some wacked out mirrorry av mirror show too called Archimedes:
Archimedes is a bespoke mechanised wall of moving mirrors, twisting lights and flipping images projected from its base in time to Daedelus’ music, amplifying an already-ecstatic light show for a unique visual experience.
Top of this page you can see a video of Daedelus & archimedes in perfect harmony.
Also on the bill is rising star of the London (via Tokyo) electronic scene Anchorsong. He’s building up a reputation for his live shows, mostly improvised, in which he:
brings a vibrant energy, warmth and sense of occasion to the world of electronic music with a compelling live act
Here’s his two most recent Soundcloud tracks:
More info & tickets (only a flipping tenner) can be found from Lakota’s website